Paul Chan | Greene Naftali Gallery
Born in 1973 in Hong Kong, but raised in America, Paul Chan is an artist, writer and publisher. His artworks consist of video installations, projections and animations, showcasing a wide variety of multimedia influences, as well as literary and philosophical influences. His works are said to be inspired by Samuel Beckett, Theodor Adorno and Henry Darger. In more recent years, Paul Chan’s work has become more political in its subject matter. Themes of geopolitics, war and violence saturate his works, providing a critical commentary on the world today. His works have been exhibited globally, in locations such as The Serpentine Gallery in London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and he has represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale and Documenta. During a hiatus from art-making, Paul Chan founded Badlands Unlimited in 2010, an art and ebook publishing company, which is based in New York. Notable works by Paul Chan include his 18 minute animation Happiness (Finally) After 35,000 Years of Civilization from 2002, which was the first work by Chan to be shown in a gallery (the Greene Naftali Gallery), and his 7 Lights projected animation series, which he began in 2005, and debuted in 2007 in the Serpentine Gallery. More recently, Chan embarked on a six-month long exhibition of his work in Schaulager, Basel. He has received a number of awards, including the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014.